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NHS reforms approved by parliament

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The passage of the coalition’s controversial NHS reforms would prove to be a “cause of significant regret”, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The bitter 14-month parliamentary battle finally came to an end last night after the government comfortably fended off a desperate attempt by Labour to delay the legislation.

MPs then approved the last amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill - leaving the way clear for Royal Assent to be granted before Parliament starts its Easter recess next week.

But while there was jubilation among Tory and Liberal Democrat ministers, opponents have warned that the problems are only just beginning.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter described the reforms as “deeply flawed”.

He said: “We have achieved some concessions which make the Bill a different piece of legislation from that which first appeared, but our real concerns about the future of the NHS have not been heeded.

“It is now our responsibility to patients to do everything we can to ensure that the health service runs as best as it can despite the massive upheaval that this Bill will bring.

“We intend to work with trusts, regulators and other bodies but our fear is that in the fullness of time this Bill will be a cause of significant regret.

“Perhaps most importantly we will be supporting nurses who are going to have to pick up the pieces and still deliver the best care they can for patients through this extremely difficult time of change.”

When the Cabinet met yesterday, ministers from both parties banged the table to celebrate news that the reforms had finally cleared the House of Lords.

 

 

 

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  • NHS-RIP

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  • these un-elected morons need reminding at the ballot box!!

    the nhs is finished-well done lansley hope you can sleep at night-you idiot!

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  • seems to be more of a political fight than anything else showing who is in charge regardless of the needs of the British citizens and more importantly the vulnerable sick.


    "“Perhaps most importantly we will be supporting nurses who are going to have to pick up the pieces and still deliver the best care they can for patients through this extremely difficult time of change.”"

    Nurses will need all the support they can possibly get which apparently has been totally lacking until present. They will continue to be the target of the wrath of some patients, the general public and the media which may push them out of the profession in even greater numbers and discourage people entering the profession even after their costly university training.

    The focus must now be on salvaging what one can to continue to provide the best possible service with what is left and adapting what is new to work to the best possible advantage.

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    Anonymous | 21-Mar-2012 1:52 pm

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the support. I admire you determination to do the best you can though under the circumstances, that's about all that's left for us nurses & patients after these distrastrous reforms are inplemented. Bless us all. The nurses will be the ones supporting the patients but there will be no one supporting the nurses, what's left of us.

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  • I unfortunately agree with the first comment:

    RIP NHS 1948-2012

    I am gutted the awful Bill was passed.

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